The Magic School Bus

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The Magic School Bus is a series of children's books about science written by Joanna Cole and illustrated by Bruce Degen. They feature the antics of Ms. Valerie Frizzle and her class, who board an anthropomorphic Type A school bus which takes them on field trips to impossible locations such as the solar system, clouds, the past, and the human body. The books are written in the first person from the point of view of an unnamed student in "the Friz's" class. The class pet Liz, a lizard, accompanies the class on their field trips.

Since the Magic School Bus books present scientific facts in the form of stories in which fantastic things happen (for example, a bus turns into a spaceship, or children shrink to the size of blood cells), each book has a page at the end detailing in a humorous manner which parts of the book represented scientific fact and which were fanciful storytelling.

History[edit]

Craig Walker, vice-president and senior editorial director at Scholastic Co., stated that the concept began with the idea of combining science with fictional stories, and Joanna Cole (who had written both science and humor before) and Bruce Degen were then approached with creating such a series; Walker also states that his own memories of school field trips and of a teacher he had once had served as further inspiration.[1]

The first book "At the Waterworks" was written in 1985 and published the following year.

Cole and Degen started a new series called Ms. Frizzle's Adventures in 2001, which teaches social studies. There are now three books in that series. Microsoft Home started publishing Magic School Bus software in 1994.

Scholastic Entertainment, the American Meteorological Society and the Children's Museum of Houston created a Scholastics the Magic School Bus Kicks Up a Storm, a 2,600 sq ft (240 m2). traveling exhibit funded in part by the National Science Foundation, which premiered at the Children's Museum of Houston in 2003 (a copy of it opened in New Jersey the month after that).[2]

Characters[edit]

In the original books, Ms. Frizzle's class was larger, and consisted of Tim, Arnold, Ralph (changed to "Ralphie" on the show and later books in this series), Dorothy Ann, Wanda, Phoebe, John, Carmen, Gregory, Amanda-Jane, Florrie, Shirley, Michael, Phil, Molly, Rachel, Alex, Carlos, and Keesha. Phoebe was first introduced in the 1987 book, The Magic School Bus Inside the Earth, and Carlos and Keesha were added in the 1994 book, The Magic School Bus In the Time of Dinosaurs.

The homework assignments of all the students were seen in the books. In the TV series, these assignments were included in early episodes and were usually presented by Dorothy Ann.

List of books and merchandise[edit]

The original series[edit]

  1. The Magic School Bus At the Waterworks
  2. The Magic School Bus Inside the Earth
  3. The Magic School Bus Inside the Human Body
  4. The Magic School Bus Lost in the Solar System
  5. The Magic School Bus On the Ocean Floor
  6. The Magic School Bus In the Time of the Dinosaurs
  7. The Magic School Bus Inside a Hurricane
  8. The Magic School Bus Inside a Beehive
  9. The Magic School Bus And the Electric Field Trip
  10. The Magic School Bus Explores the Senses
  11. The Magic School Bus And the Science Fair Expedition*
  12. The Magic School Bus And the Climate Challenge

Notes: *The Science Fair Expedition released 20 years after At the Waterworks because the series had its anniversary.

Chapter books[edit]

  1. The Truth About Bats
  2. The Search for the Missing Bones
  3. The Wild Whale Watch
  4. Space Explorers
  5. Twister Trouble
  6. The Giant Germ
  7. The Great Shark Escape
  8. Penguin Puzzle
  9. Dinosaur Detectives
  10. Expedition Down Under
  11. Insect Invaders
  12. Amazing Magnetism
  13. Polar Bear Patrol
  14. Electric Storm
  15. Voyage to the Volcano
  16. Butterfly Battle
  17. Food Chain Frenzy
  18. The Fishy Field Trip
  19. Color Day Relay
  20. Rocky Road Trip

Scholastic Reader Level 2[edit]

  1. The Magic School Bus Has A Heart
  2. The Magic School Bus Gets Caught In a Web
  3. The Magic School Bus Gets Recycled
  4. The Magic School Bus And the Missing Tooth
  5. The Magic School Bus Fights Germs
  6. The Magic School Bus Gets Crabby
  7. The Magic School Bus Explores the World of Bugs
  8. The Magic School Bus Weathers the Storm
  9. The Magic School Bus At the First Thanksgiving
  10. The Magic School Bus Arctic Adventure
  11. The Magic School Bus Lost in Snow
  12. The Magic School Bus and the Shark Adventure
  13. The Magic School Bus Builds the Statue of Liberty
  14. The Magic School Bus in a Bat Cave
  15. The Magic School Bus Comes to Its Senses
  16. The Magic School Bus and the Wild Leaf Ride
  17. The Magic School Bus and the Butterfly Bunch
  18. The Magic School Bus Rides Into Space
  19. The Magic School Bus Rides the Wind
  20. The Magic School Bus in the Rain Forest
  21. The Magic School Bus Sleeps for the Winter
  22. The Magic School Bus Explores the World of Animals
  23. The Magic School Bus to the Rescue: Blizzard
  24. The Magic School Bus to the Rescue: Forest Fire
  25. The Magic School Bus to the Rescue: Earthquake
  26. The Magic School Bus to the Rescue: Flash Flood
  27. The Magic School Bus Inside Your Mouth
  28. The Magic School Bus Explores the Ocean
  29. The Magic School Bus Flies with Dinosaurs
  30. The Magic School Bus Takes a Moonwalk
  31. The Magic School Bus Flies From the Nest
  32. The Magic School Bus Blasts Into Space
  33. The Magic School Bus Gets Cleaned Up

Science Readers[edit]

  1. The Magic School Bus Gets Ants in its Pants
  2. The Magic School Bus Going Batty
  3. The Magic School Bus in the Haunted Museum
  4. The Magic School Bus Gets all Dried Up
  5. The Magic School Bus In the Arctic
  6. The Magic School Bus Meets the Rot Squad
  7. The Magic School Bus Blows Its Top
  8. The Magic School Bus Answers Questions
  9. The Magic School Bus Inside Ralphie
  10. The Magic School Bus Gets Programmed
  11. The Magic School Bus Kicks Up a Storm
  12. The Magic School Bus Plays Ball
  13. The Magic School Bus Plants Seeds
  14. The Magic School Bus Ups and Downs
  15. The Magic School Bus Gets a Bright Idea
  16. The Magic School Bus Butterfly and the Bog Beast
  17. The Magic School Bus Makes a Rainbow
  18. The Magic School Bus Gets Baked in a Cake
  19. The Magic School Bus Out of this World
  20. The Magic School Bus Taking Flight
  21. The Magic School Bus Takes a Dive
  22. The Magic School Bus Gets Cold Feet
  23. The Magic School Bus Shows and Tells
  24. The Magic School Bus Spins a Web
  25. The Magic School Bus Gets Planted
  26. The Magic School Bus Gets Eaten
  27. The Magic School Bus Wet All Over
  28. The Magic School Bus Goes Upstream
  29. The Magic School Bus In A Pickle
  30. The Magic School Bus Hops Home
  31. The Magic School Bus Sees Stars
  32. The Magic School Bus Looking for Liz (sticker book)

A Science Fact Finder Book[edit]

  1. Skeletons Fact Finder
  2. Bats Fact Finder
  3. Field Trip Facts

Ms. Frizzle's Adventures[edit]

  1. Imperial China
  2. Medieval Castle
  3. Ancient Egypt

Liz series[edit]

  1. Liz Finds a Friend
  2. Liz Takes Flight
  3. Liz Looks for a Home
  4. Liz Sorts It Out
  5. Liz on the Move
  6. Liz Makes a Rainbow

DVDs[edit]

  1. AND THE ENVIRONMENT - Rocks and Rolls & Holiday Special
  2. AND THE FLYING ANIMALS - Going Batty & Butterfly and the Bog Beast
  3. BIG AND SMALL - BATMAN The Busasaurus & Gets Ants in its Pants
  4. EXPLORES CELLS AND MOLECULES - Meets Molly Cule & Goes Cellular
  5. EXPLORES INSECTS - Beehive & Spins A Web
  6. EXPLORES NEW HABITATS - In The City & Get Swamped
  7. EXPLORES THE HUMAN BODY - Works Out & Makes A Stink
  8. FOOD - Meets the Rot Squad & Gets Ready, Set, Dough
  9. FOOD CYCLE - Gets Eaten & Goes to Seed
  10. GETS A BOOST - Getting Energized & Revving Up
  11. GETS ROCKING - Out of this World & Blows its Top
  12. GETS TO SHINE — Gets a Bright Idea & Makes a Rainbow
  13. GOES ON A FIELD TRIP - In The Arctic & Goes Upstream
  14. HABITATS AND DESERTS - Hops Home & All Dried Up
  15. THE HUMAN BODY - Inside Ralphie & For Lunch
  16. IN MOTION - Taking Flight & Flexes Its Muscles
  17. IN THE AIR - Kicks Up a Storm & Gets Lost in Space
  18. IN THE WATER - Ups and Downs & Wet All Over
  19. LEARNS ABOUT MICROBES AND REPTILES - In A Pickle & Cold Feet
  20. LEARNS ABOUT PLANTS AND FORESTS - Gets Planted & In The Rain Forest
  21. LEARNS SOMETHING NEW - Cracks a Yolk & Gets Programmed
  22. LEARNS TO BUILD - Under Construction & Shows and Tells
  23. LIGHTS UP - Sees Stars & Gets Charged
  24. PHYSICS - Plays Ball & In the Haunted House
  25. TESTS THE WATERS - Goes to Mussel Beach & Takes a Dive
  26. UNDER PRESSURE - Goes on Air & Gains Weight
  27. SUPER STAR POWER - Gets Planted, Goes Cellular, Sees Stars & Taking Flight
  28. TAKES A DRIVE - Goes to Mussel Beach, Gets Swamped, Takes a Dive & For Lunch
  29. TAKES FLIGHT - Kicks Up a Storm, Taking Flight, Hops Home & Gets Swamped
  30. HUMAN BODY - For Lunch, Inside Ralphie, Flexes Its Muscles & Gets Planted
  31. BLAST OFF FROM SPACE TO SEA - Wet All Over, Ups and Downs, Rocks and Rolls, Gets Eaten, Meets the Rot Squad, Gets Ready, Set, Dough, Gets Lost in Space, Out of This World, Gains Weight, Goes Upstream, Butterfly and the Bog Beast & Plays Ball
  32. FIELD TRIP FUN & GAMES - The Busasaurus, Cold Feet, Goes Upstream, Plays Ball, Shows & Tells, Works Out, Gets Ants in Its Pants, Butterfly and the Bog Beast, In a Beehive, Gets Eaten, Rocks and Rolls, Gains Weight
  33. THE COMPLETE SERIES - All 52 episodes from the 4 season run

VHS[edit]

  1. Flexes Its Muscles
  2. Gets Lost In Space
  3. Gets Charged
  4. All Dried Up
  5. Hops Home
  6. Inside The Haunted House
  7. Inside Ralphie
  8. Gets Eaten
  9. For Lunch
  10. Blows Its Top
  11. Plays Ball
  12. Goes To Seed
  13. Kicks Up A Storm
  14. Going Batty
  15. Creepy Crawly Fun
  16. Greatest Adventures
  17. Under Construction
  18. Out Of This World
  19. Gets Ants In Its Pants
  20. Gets Planted
  21. Butterflies!
  22. Ready, Set, Dough
  23. Meets a Rot Squad
  24. The Busasauras
  25. In The Rainforest
  26. Makes A Rainbow
  27. Taking Flight
  28. In a Pickle
  29. Getting Energized
  30. Cold Feet
  31. Ups and Downs
  32. Magic School Bus Holiday Special
  33. Spins A Web
  34. In A Beehive
  35. Shows and Tells
  36. Gains Weight
  37. Lost in the Asteroid Belt

Mobile Apps[edit]

  1. Oceans
  2. Dinosaurs

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lodge, Sally (2006-07-27). "Two Decades of Fun and Learning on the Magic School Bus". Publisher’s Weekly. Retrieved 2012-10-03. 
  2. ^ McCallum, Cheryl D.; L. Nazarani, The Children's Museum of Houston (2007-01-04). "Scholastics the Magic School Bus Kicks Up a Storm Museum Exhibit". ams.confex.com. American Meteorological Society. Retrieved 2009-03-23. 

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